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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:16AM

Drake University says it is moving forward with a $65 million project that will include construction of two new buildings, renovation of four existing halls and the addition of new degree programs.

Pending approval of final plans, construction could start on the buildings including a school of education center as early as next summer. Completion is expected in two years.

The university, in an announcement Wednesday, says its board of trustees has approved plans to offer new bachelor degree programs in data analytics, kinesiology and secondary education in health, physical education, and coaching. Programs will begin the fall of 2015.

Starting in fall of 2016, the private university will offer master of science in athletic training, bachelor of science in pre-occupational therapy and doctor of occupational therapy degrees.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:14AM

Authorities in northwest Iowa say several schools are no longer on lockdown after a 16-year-old student suspected of bringing a gun to his school was taken into custody.

The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says the student was captured Wednesday afternoon without incident. Additional information was not released.

Authorities placed Siouxland Community Christian School in Sioux City and two other schools on lockdown following a search for the student. He's suspected of bringing a handgun to Siouxland Community Christian on Tuesday and making threats.

Officials at the nearby Kingsley-Pierson Community School District also placed their facilities on precautionary lockdown.

Sheriff's Maj. Todd Wieck says the student was considered armed and dangerous because the handgun was unaccounted for at the time of the search. It has since been recovered.

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Location : IowaSioux City
People : Todd Wieck
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:13AM

A southwest Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his girlfriend.

The state Department of Public Safety says 34-year-old Brian Davis, of Shenandoah, was arrested Wednesday. He is being held at the Fremont County Jail on $1 million cash bond. Court records do not list an attorney.

Officials say witness interviews and crime scene evidence led to Davis' arrest in connection to the July 2009 death of Holly Durben. She was found dead in a residence she shared with Davis. An autopsy determined she was shot in the head.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:10AM

A high-speed chase through western Iowa has ended with a crash into the Missouri River and a manhunt for one suspect who escaped the scene.

Pottawattamie County authorities say the chase began in Missouri Valley on Wednesday and involved officers from Iowa and Nebraska. They say the truck eventually drove into the river.

A man and a woman were taken into custody about 1 mile south of the crash. The man was hospitalized after complaining of chest pains. The woman was taken in for questioning. No charges have been reported.

Authorities say they are searching for a man who escaped the truck. It's unclear who was driving the vehicle.

Tow trucks recovered the truck from the water.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:09AM

A northern Iowa city council has banned a resident from city buildings after it said he sent a threatening letter to elected officials and employees.

The letter to the Hampton City Council requested that officials declare Aug. 18 as "Cookie Thornton Day," in memory of a man who killed six people at a 2008 city council meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri.

City officials say 54-year-old Milton Heyde sent the letter in response to a citation for failure to remove trash from his property. In a written response to Heyde, city officials say they viewed the letter as a threat.

Heyde says his letter wasn't intended as a threat.

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Location : IowaKirkwoodMissouri
People : Milton Heyde
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 9:33AM

Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Iowa Democrats to get out the vote for Senate candidate Bruce Braley, saying he has "proven he will get the job done."

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state appeared before about 400 people at a union hall in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. She was also scheduled to appear in Davenport.

Clinton came to Iowa in September to headline retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's last annual "Steak Fry" fundraiser. She has kept up a busy schedule this fall, campaigning for Democrats in close races.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard.

Ernst was campaigning Wednesday with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 9:30AM

Architects and engineers have unveiled proposals to improve downtown Iowa City that could cost more than $10 million.

The plans were shown Tuesday inside of a hotel ballroom. During the open house, Iowa City residents and business community members studied the designs, which include a performance stage, cabled lighting, enhanced greenery and a piece of public art.

Assistant City Manager Geoff Fruin says the project's design phase will continue through 2015. He says the project's construction could start in 2016, but the City Council needs to approve the budget first.

Business owner Catherine Champion says she is "totally in love" with the designs. Former Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey also was excited about the planned update of downtown streets.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 9:28AM

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a liquor store in Cedar Rapids.

Police say two men entered Big Discount Liquor on Tuesday night with guns and demanded money. No injuries were reported and the men left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities say they quickly located a suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The car was found unoccupied a short time later, but officers found two people matching the description of the robbery suspects. They were arrested.

A third suspect was identified in the investigation and arrested.

The men have been identified at 27-year-old Robert Larry Ray Barlow, 36-year-old Joshua M. Sandlin and 19-year-old Jack Daniels Yoders. They each face a charge of first-degree robbery, among others. Court records do not list attorneys.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 30 2014 9:26AM

Authorities say they're looking for a man who failed to return from a work release assignment in central Iowa.

The state Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Nelson Messiah Humes was placed on escape status Saturday. He is accused of failing to return to the Curt Forbes Residential Center in Ames from a work release assignment.

Hume was on parole supervision before being transferred to work release in August. He is serving time for a conviction of willful injury causing bodily injury and first-degree theft.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:33AM

An Iowa sheriff's deputy says his agency has contracted to pick up a man in a Vermont jail so he can face charges in his home state.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher M. Wood was arrested in the northeastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury last week after a traffic stop and police discovered he's wanted on warrants stemming from an April hammer attack in Cherokee County.

A Vermont judge offered Wood the opportunity to drive himself home so he could face the charges, but he couldn't post the required bail.

Wood's attorney says his client wants to return to Iowa.

Cherokee County Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen says Wood waived extradition and they've contracted with a transport company to get him. He doesn't know when Wood will be returned.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:19AM

A 38-year-old man is scheduled to be resentenced Wednesday for the 1992 slaying of a woman in Dubuque when he was a teenager.

Court records say Sean Rhomberg was 16 when he was charged after the November 1992 killing of 70-year-old Marion Carpenter. Rhomberg was convicted of stabbing Carpenter in the neck with a kitchen knife during a robbery attempt. Authorities say Carpenter had hired Rhomberg the day before to shovel snow at her home.

Rhomberg has been serving a life sentence. Rhomberg's attorney filed a motion for a resentencing after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned sentences of life without parole for juveniles can be applied retroactively.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:17AM

Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million.

U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and money laundering. A grand jury indicted Scodeller on 15 counts last week.

Authorities say Scodeller defrauded Bituminous Insurance Companies from about 2001 to May 2013. Scodeller was a purchasing and facilities manager for the Rock Island-based company. Authorities say he approved payments to bogus entities that he created and transferred the money for personal use.

Scodeller was ordered held in U.S. Marshals Service custody pending a detention hearing.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of fraud and money laundering. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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Location : DavenportIllinoisIowaRock Island
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:11AM

An Iowa man who says he caught a Dubuque school van speeding while transporting students has been fired by a lawn care company.

Jay Shipley says that TruGreen Lawn Care fired him for recording the incident while he was driving a company vehicle. He said he was suspended last week and was fired Tuesday.

Shipley says he became concerned because the van was traveling more than 80 mph on Interstate 280 near North Liberty. He called the Iowa State Patrol and later posted the video on Facebook.

A Dubuque Community School District spokesman says a school staff member was driving students to a conference in Des Moines. The district is investigating the speeding allegations.

TruGreen says that its policy is to follow laws that prohibit speeding and using a cellphone while driving.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Jay Shipley
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:07AM

Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Iowa as the election nears.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state planned to appear Wednesday at events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport. She was expected to stress early voting.

Clinton came to Iowa in September to headline retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's last annual "Steak Fry" fundraiser. She has kept up a busy schedule this fall, campaigning for Democrats in close races.

On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton will appear at two events in Iowa for Braley.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. Ernst will campaign Wednesday with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:06AM

Authorities say they're investigating the cause of a train collision in Osage involving a grain truck.

Lt. Jeremiah Johnson of the Osage Police Department says the Canadian National Railway train hit the vehicle Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Johnson says the truck was carrying corn to the Osage Co-Op Elevator when the collision occurred. Additional information about the circumstances is under investigation.

The driver of the truck was identified as 23-year-old Kolby Berg, of Osage. The train engineer is 60-year-old Thomas Howland, of Riceville.

The collision briefly affected traffic in the area.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 9:57AM

The driver of a semitrailer was sent to a hospital after his vehicle struck an Interstate 29 overpass in Iowa.

The crash happened Tuesday morning at the Port Neal Interchange near Salix. A sand silo being carried by the semitrailer struck the bottom of the overpass.

The silo went into the medium and struck two parked cars. The semitrailer continued on for about 100 feet and hit a construction crane.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, but additional information was not released. The crash affected traffic for the southbound lanes for several hours.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 9:56AM

A murder trial has begun for an 18-year-old charged in the death of a 5-year-old boy outside a rural home where they were foster children.

Lawyers for Cody Metzker-Madsen plan to use an insanity defense in the 2013 death of Dominic Elkins.

Authorities say Elkins was killed while the boys were playing outdoors at their home near Logan, in western Iowa. He died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.

Elkins' body was found at the bottom of a ravine.

Metzker-Madsen has pleaded not guilty and has waived his right to a jury trial. A judge will make the final ruling in the trial that began Tuesday and is expected to last two weeks.

Legal experts say that Metzker-Madsen will not be released from jail if found not guilty. He will likely face years in state care.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 9:55AM

A Waterloo man faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of another man at a nightclub in August.

36-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez Pena made an appearance in court Tuesday. Online records do not list an attorney.

Pena is accused of shooting 35-year-old Celio Antonio Posada, of Minneapolis, in the early morning hours of Aug. 23. The pair hung out prior to the shooting. Authorities say they still don't know what led to the shooting.

Gonzalez has been jailed on gun charges since the shooting.

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Location : Minneapolis
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 9:52AM

A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa.

Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey's Furniture and Floors in New Hampton. They remained on the scene several hours later.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

New Hampton Fire Chief Steve Geerts says the store, which has been in business for more than 50 years, was destroyed.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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Location : Iowa
People : Steve Geerts
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 9:49AM

Commercial air flights will return to Fort Dodge with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots.

It's not yet known when the new flights by Air Choice One will start. The airline's chief administrative officer, Cindy Stork, says a starting date hasn't been finalized.

But Rhonda Chambers, the aviation director of Fort Dodge Regional Airport, says she expects the service will start in about 60 to 90 days. Chambers says the airport's commission is excited commercial flights will be offered again at the Fort Dodge airport.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 29 2014 9:47AM

A former northeastern Iowa ethanol plant worker says a jury's $1.4 million verdict in her favor sends a message that workplace sexual harassment cannot be tolerated.

A jury ruled last week that Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler must pay Tina Haskenhoff $100,000 for lost wages and $1.3 million for past and future emotional distress.

Haskenhoff says plant manager Kevin Howes and other employees repeatedly made inappropriate comments about her and other women. Haskenhoff says she was accused of poor performance after complaining in 2011.

Haskenhoff said Tuesday she cried after the Chickasaw County jury returned the verdict. The 46-year-old Sumner resident says she hopes that she can move on from a devastating period.

But corporation attorney Kevin Visser says the verdict's tainted by improper jury instructions that will be appealed.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:36AM

Two students have been suspended from a Lancaster-area high school football team after a prank involving the head of the school's Baron mascot.

The Manheim Central School District removed the defensive starters, both seniors, from the team. That happened after a photograph appeared on SnapChat showing one of them wearing the Baron's head while nude in the locker room.

Reno Dart and the player who took the photo were also suspended from school for three days for what the district deemed "defacing school property."

The district did not identify the second player and declined comment.

Dart's parents told the newspaper the Oct. 17 photograph was likely in poor taste but not malicious. The mascot wasn't damaged.

They say the episode has cost both players college scholarship opportunities.

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Location : Lancaster
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:29AM

FIFA says preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December are continuing and there is currently no Ebola threat to cause it to be canceled.

The world soccer body says it is in contact with Moroccan authorities and is "constantly updating its position" with regard to Ebola on the advice of the World Health Organization.

Morocco has no reported cases of the deadly virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa, almost all in the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Club World Cup, which will feature Champions League winner Real Madrid, is scheduled for Dec. 10-20.

FIFA also says it agrees with the Confederation of African Football's decision to move games out of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Location : West Africa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:28AM

Relatives of a Broncos fan who went missing during last week's game are concerned for his safety.

Police are still searching for 53-year-old Paul Kitterman since Thursday night's matchup with the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. His stepson, Jarod Tonneson, says he was last seen after he left his seat to meet friends at halftime.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said detectives do not suspect foul play, but he would not elaborate.

Relatives spent the weekend posting fliers and checking area hospitals and detox centers.

Tonneson says Kitterman had left his cellphone at home and did not have much cash. He says Kitterman has no known health problems and does not use drugs.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:18AM

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois.

Department spokesman David Roeder (ROH'-der) said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about 175 people. Another 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be created while the plant is being built.

Roeder confirmed Cronus also plans to open a U.S. headquarters in Chicago with about 25 employees.

Construction is expected to start on the Cronus Fertilizers plant next spring and take about three years.

The company chose the site over another location in Mitchell County, Iowa. It considered sites in other states, too.

Details of any incentives that Illinois offered to Cronus weren't immediately available.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:16AM

Sioux City will install security cameras in its 17 elementary schools and update cameras in middle and high schools.

Officials say the move will help ensure the security of students and staff.

Technology director Neil Schroeder of the Sioux City school district said the elementary schools currently do not have security cameras installed in their buildings.

On Monday, the school district approved an agreement with Midwest Alarm to set up eight cameras in each elementary school.

Under the agreement, the company would also update more than 200 of the devices in middle schools, high schools and other district buildings.

The project is expected to cost about $454,000.

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Location : IowaSioux City
People : Neil Schroeder
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:13AM

A 22-year-old Des Moines man has been sentenced for flipping over a public piano in Mason City.

Coltin Schupbach on Monday was given a deferred judgment, two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $1,400 in restitution. Under the deferred judgment, the conviction will be removed from Schupbach's record if he successfully completes probation.

Schupbach had made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal mischief. Prosecutors dropped a charge of public intoxication in change for Schupbach's plea.

The piano was one of four painted by high school students and placed around Mason City as part of a project they called Tunes for the Town.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:07AM

A Saudi Arabian man studying at the University of Northern Iowa has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for breaking into a woman's home and attacking her.

25-year-old Hamad Abdul Aziz Alsalman entered an Alford plea on Monday, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged prosecutors could likely prove the charges against him. He pleaded to first-degree burglary and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Authorities say Alsalman forced his way into the Cedar Falls home after crashing his car. They say he choked the woman and bit her on the neck before she escaped outside.

Alsalman faces deportation after he is released from prison.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:04AM

A northern Iowa dry fertilizer plant rocked by an explosion will be closed for a short time.

Scott Janssen manages the Northern Country Co-op's plant in Stacyville, and he says the cause of Monday's blast is being investigated.

Janssen says one employee was taken to the hospital as a precaution but was able to return to work.

The accident occurred as fertilizer was being taken up an elevator leg into a blending bin.

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Location : IowaStacyville
People : Scott Janssen
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 28 2014 10:59AM

A federal judge has sentenced a Colorado woman to 25 years in prison for kidnapping her newborn nephew from a Wisconsin home and leaving him behind at an Iowa gas station.

Judge James Peterson said Monday in U.S. District Court in Madison that he didn't give Kristen Smith more time, because she's mentally ill. But he still branded her a liar who launched an elaborate scheme to take 4-day-old Kayden Powell and pass him off as her own.

Choking back tears, Smith apologized to the baby's mother and her half sister, Brianna Marshall, who was sitting in the front row of the courtroom with Kayden in her arms.

West Branch Police Chief Mike Horihan found the child in February in a closed storage crate outside a BP gas station.

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Location : ColoradoIowaWisconsin
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